HMP Haverigg has the reputation of being the prison services most isolated establishment. It opened in 1967 on the site of a former RAF camp and is the only prison in Cumbria. Originally, 350 prisoners were accommodated in the RAF billets, but the addition of new accommodation and the rebuilding of two units following incidents of concerted indiscipline in 1988 and 1999 increased accommodation to 558 places. Additional places were created through further new units and doubling of cells.
Recent wing closures have reduced the prison’s capacity to 291
- Skiddaw R1: Purpose-built house block split into 2 wings, with 103 single, 11 double and 3 triple cells with integral sanitation.
- Helvellyn R4: 40 double; all rooms have en-suite showers and in-cell television.
- Langdale R5: 72 cellular units with 8 double cells.